Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Deneka. At my practice, I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. You may not realize it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.
Those who have difficulty managing stress can increase their risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is a common way to express stress and is often done unconsciously. Here at Cornwall Dental Arts, our family-friendly staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.
Dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.
If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Cornwall Dental Arts today. We offer family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and “6-Month Smiles.” We hope to hear from you soon!
Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry: 855-976-7250
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